Employee Wellness and Psychological Health
One’s wellness is actually made up of multiple dimensions, with the key ones being emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, occupational, and financial dimensions. In many cases, an employee who is having difficulties in one dimension (e.g. social) could also experience negative effects in other dimensions (e.g. physical and emotional), resulting in them facing more challenges and being less able to function or perform optimally.
When employees feel unwell, they may not be engaged or productive even if they are physically at work. The 2018 data from Statistics Canada shows that the average number of days absent per full-time employee annually is 10 days, costing Canadian employers over $16 billion dollars (2012 figure) per year. There is indication that lost productivity from presenteeism – time spent at the workplace while not productively engaged in work – is 7.5 times greater, thus possibly costing Canadian businesses an estimated $124 billion per year. A 2014 study by Morneau Shepell involving over 1000 employees across different industries found that over 80% of respondents have gone into work when they were not able to perform as well as they would have liked. Some key drivers of absenteeism and presenteeism reported are physical sickness, stress and anxiety, depression, and issues related to one’s work, work environment, co-workers, or managers.
Insight encourages all employers to take a holistic approach to caring for employees’ multiple dimensions of wellness as they are inter-related and collectively impact the employees’ ability to cope with life stressors, remain productive, and realize their potential. With appropriate intervention and effective support, not only can employees’ wellness and productivity be directly enhanced, there can also be significant return on investment:
- A study led by World Health Organization estimated that for every USD $1 put into scaled up intervention and support for common mental issues, there is a return of USD $4 in improved health and productivity. Further research found that employees who receive direct intervention are 40% more likely to recover from depression.
- A critical meta-analysis of the literature completed by Health Affairs concluded that “medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on [appropriate] wellness programs and absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent.” The Citibank Health Management Program reported an estimated savings of $4.50 in medical expenditures per dollar spent on medical prevention programs.
- A 2014 survey by Virgin Pulse involving 361 organizations and 3,822 employees reported that 88% of employees describe “access to health and wellness programs as an important factor for defining an employer of choice.”
A wellness initiative that may be appropriate and effective for one organization, one work group or one wellness dimension may not be so for another. We can help you assess, identify, and develop initiatives that address the specific needs of your organization as well as attend to different dimensions of wellness that are impacting your employees’ overall well-being and productivity.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
- Wellness Workshops and Presentations
- Intervention, Recovery, and Support for Employees in Need
- Mental Health, Addictions, and Psychological Injury Case Consultation and Intervention
- Employee Health Maintenance and Comprehensive Executive Health Care
- Critical/Traumatic Incident Response and Follow-up Support
- Return-to-work Assessment: Psychological & Physical Readiness and Accommodation
- Employee Wellness and Psychological Safety Assessments and Program Development
OUR PEOPLE, YOUR ADVANTAGE: Each of our associates, therapists, service partners in this domain have expertise in different dimensions of wellness and together, they can provide multi-disciplinary interventions and support that clients may need to deal with their issues and concerns in a holistic manner.
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We can help to enhance managers’ and employees’ understanding and skills to ensure the holistic care and wellness of one’s self as well as those with whom they work.
We provide custom, half-day, full-day or multi-day workshops, presentations, as well as 45 to 60-minute Lunch and Learn sessions on the following subjects. Sessions can be facilitated at a worksite, off site or at our Insight South Edmonton Service Centre:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Managing Personal Wellness and Self-Regulation
- True Colours Team Building
- Managing Anxiety
- Dealing with Depression
- Dealing with Trauma
- Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout
- Dealing with Addictions and Preventing Relapse
- Dealing with Grief and Loss
- Addressing and Preventing Workplace Harassment, Bullying, Violence
- De-escalating Conflict or Intense Situations
- Managing Frustration and Anger
- Dealing with Issues and Effects of Domestic Violence on an Employee and the Workplace
- Parenting Issues (teens, children, behavior problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Coping with Shift Work
- Dealing with Compassion Fatigue
- Adapting and Thriving through Organizational Change
- CUSTOMIZED TOPIC: Insight can work with you to develop a learning topic and session that best fits your needs
A 2015 Canadian study by Morneau Shepell showed that the main reasons for presenteeism are:
- Physical sickness (47%)
- Stress or anxiety (40%)
- Workplace issues and/or problems with co-workers or managers (22%)
- Depression (15%)
Our therapists can assess the types and extent of psychological and social difficulties experienced by impacted individuals as well as provide them with targeted therapeutic intervention and other appropriate repair, recovery, and restoration support that may be needed. In the assessment process, other issues such as physical illness, work difficulties, business failure, legal challenges, etc. may also be uncovered.
Our therapists will also work with their medical and other specialist colleagues where appropriate, to ensure that the impacted individuals get medical or other multi-disciplinary support they may need to deal with their concerns in a holistic manner. For employees with difficulty attending face-to-face sessions, some sessions can be facilitated online through Insight’s real-time, secured video conferencing system.
Should you, the employer, have executive officers, managers, front line employees or team members who are experiencing mental health or addictions issues/crisis, or have endured and/or claimed psychological injury, prompt intervention can and should be taken to prevent further difficulties and harm. We can assess the extent, risk, and impact of the concern/crisis as well as help you to determine the best course of actions to mitigate the situation and ensure that those impacted get the intervention and support they need. This includes identifying areas of support that can be provided by the employer to effectively assist the individuals in addressing their difficulties or injuries.
Insight works with its partner organization, FH Medical (FHM), to provide organizations with comprehensive health and medical care for their employees as well as executive officers. FH Medical is founded on the principle of preventative care. Applying this principle to its Corporate Health program, FHM’s medical team can support your executive officers and employees in the following manner:
- Provide your executive officers and employees at all levels with a comprehensive head-to-toe assessment that will give them a complete picture of their current health and potential future risks.
- Provide follow-up care by FHM’s team of physicians and medical specialists at its world class facility to address concerns and risks identified.
- Provide on-going pro-active monitoring and preventative care for your managers’ health.
- Provide targeted health programs to your employees such as their Weight Loss, Healthy Heart, and Hormonal Testing programs.
For more details or to book a consultation, please visit FH Medical Corporate Health.
In the event of a sudden death, violent incident, major accident, or other traumatic occurrences, our critical and traumatic incident response specialists can be at your designated site to provide preliminary shock/trauma/therapeutic intervention to individuals impacted by the traumatic occurrence. Such could be facilitated in a group setting or in a one-on-one setting.
Individuals more profoundly affected by a critical incident may need further therapeutic intervention and support in order to deal with and work through the trauma or other difficulties they are experiencing. Our therapists can provide, at any of Insight’s service centres or through the use of our secured online video counselling system, targeted therapeutic intervention as well as other appropriate repair, recovery, and restoration support that they may need.
Our critical incident response specialists can also provide training to managers and employees on crisis intervention and care. Learn more about our Critical/Traumatic Incident Response Services.
In many cases, an employee who is on an extended leave due to illness, accident, trauma, or other incidents may experience both physical and psychological difficulties. Our therapists can support you and your affected employee in the following manner:
- Assess the types and extent of psychological injuries/effects experienced by the employee and how they might impact the employee’s readiness to return to work.
- Determine the type of work accommodation that may be needed.
- Provide one-on-one therapeutic intervention to deal with the psychological injuries/effects and their recovery so that they can be more ready and able to return to work. For employees with difficulty attending face-to-face therapy sessions, sessions can be facilitated through secured online counselling (real-time, secured video conferencing).
Insight partners with physicians and respected disability management service providers that assess employees’ physical injuries/effects and their readiness to return to work as well as prepare them for work accommodation and eventual return to work.
Together, we can assess and assist employees both physically and psychologically in preparing for their active return to work.
Are your employees’ wellness at risk and/or are they feeling psychologically safe? Is the state of their wellness and/or their psychological safety affecting their ability to cope with life stressors or their productivity and effectiveness?
We can assist you in:
- conducting an employee wellness evaluation to identify areas within the different dimensions of wellness in which employees are thriving and areas that require attention and intervention,
- conducting a comprehensive psychological safety assessment to identify the psychological safety risks and psycho-social factors that require attention and intervention,
- addressing immediate and key concerns found, and
- developing and implementing appropriate psychological safety and wellness initiatives to prevent further safety erosion as well as to enhance targeted wellness dimensions and employee productivity.
Research finds psychological safety to be the key driving force behind employee engagement and productivity as well as one of the most important traits of a high-performing team. Employees need to feel safe to be themselves, express their thoughts and feelings, admit their mistakes, or ask for assistance before they can be and feel engaged at work. Psychological safety is also critical for employees’ ongoing creativity and effectiveness.
Associates that can help:
Harassment and Bullying, Leadership Development, Psychological Safety, Work Relationships, Workplace Investigations, Workplace Violence
Cross-cultural Competency, Discrimination and Harassment, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Human Resources, Management Development, Psychological Safety
Critical Incident Response, Grief and Loss, Harassment and Abuse, Leadership Development, Not-for-profit Management, Psychological Safety, Small Business Management, Work Performance
Critical Incident Response, Grief and Loss, Harassment and Abuse, Mental health issues, PTSD, Psychological Safety, Work Relationships, Workplace Wellness